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Of all media, video is king. It is everywhere, from security camera footage, to mobile phone footage, to good old TV footage, video is captured and consumed on all manner of devices, notebook screens, big LED TVs, and mobile phone screens. But what if you are looking for something a bit more personal, akin to your own personal theater, whereby you are the only person capable of viewing your own video library? Vuzix Wrap 310 video eyewear might be the device for your. Housed in wraparound style shades are two little screens that enable you to watch your video in complete privacy. Two earbuds attach to the device for stereo sound, and everything is controlled by a little black box tethered to the Wrap 310.
An on screen display enables you to adjust the viewing capabilities. You can view video content in 4:3, 6:9, zoom, and full view. You can also view 3D content in four common 3D formats: SxS, R/G, R/C, and B/A formatted content. You can also adjust the display's brightness, contrast, hue and saturation. Volume is also controlled via the onscreen display.
Equivalent to a 55-inch screen viewed from ten feet
Twin high-resolution 428 x 240 LCD widescreen displays
24-bit true color (16 million colors)
60Hz progressive scan update rate
Ultra-low video distortion
26 degree diagonal field of view
2-3/8" intraocular distance (IOD)
Independent +2 to -5 diopter focus adjustment
Weighs less than three ounces
The Wrap 310 works with video sources that feature composite audio/video connections, as well as iPod/iPhones via the included composite AV cable. An iPhone 3GS was used for testing the Wrap 310. Does it work? Yes it works quite well actually. I tested the Wrap 310 with the movie Star Trek straight from the iTunes store, and it played faithfully on the Wrap 310. It does take some getting used to, because you aren't used to watching a movie with the screen so close to your eyes, literally inches from your eyes. The eyewear portion of the device needs some further tweaking to get right, the nose pieces aren't the most comfortable even though the manual suggests to bend the nose pieces for optimal viewing angles, it took some tweaking to get the device to fit ok. It could be the weight of everything. The wraparounds need to go further, perhaps more dark plastic on the sides of the eyewear. I found myself cupping the sides of the eyewear to drown out the ambient light that creeps through when watching the video. I also found my hands holding the eyewear in this fashion to serve two purposes: make the viewable area darker, and to hold the eyewear at the same time. Your experience will vary based on your face contours and the length of the bridge on your nose. Other than this, the Made in USA Wrap 310 works fairly well, and the sound coming from the earbuds are pretty spectacular.
John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at [email protected]